Breaking News - Stevenage is celebrating its 70th Birthday in 2016 and to mark the anniversary we are organising a short mini-Festival in June 2016. Click on "What's On" link above to see details of the mini-festival. The logo below will appear on programmes of the 70 years celebration called "Stevenage Oak at 70" which runs from June through to November. If you haven't seen a copy of the programme already, you can download a copy from here (Big Download - 10Mbytes) and the programme also covers most of the StevenageOak@70 events. The overall coverage of all the events in the Stevenage Oak at 70 period is covered by its own website www.stevenageoakat70.org - visit there for information on Stevenage Day and other events. This year "Rock in the Park" is back, as part of Stevenage Day. See our web page on the event to get a look at the artists and links to their media pages.
Welcome to Stevenage Festival! The purpose of the Festival is to provide a showcase for all the exciting talent that we have right here on our doorsteps in Stevenage. It takes place every two years and involves something like two thousand local performers and artists of all descriptions. For each Festival we have a fortnight of performances in our very on Gordon Craig Theatre and we also have a vibrant fringe of smaller events taking place around the town. Whether you are into fine art, poetry, photography or theatre, dance or jazz, local history or classical music, there's something on for you.
Lots of our performances feature young people taking their first steps in an activity that they love - please come along and support them. Who knows, some of them may go on to great things - and you saw them here first.
The bad news is ... you've just missed a great Festival. The good news is that we put a mini video together of some of the highlights that can be watched here: Festival 2015 Video. You can also see what took place in 2015 by having a look in the what's on and fringe sections. You can also see what we did in earlier festivals on our history page.
The next full Festival is in June 2017 and details will be put up on this website, and on our Facebook page, as they become available, so keep in touch.
I would like to thank all the people who have made this Festival possible - all the local groups and individuals who have so worked hard to put on performances and events and the audiences who came to support them; our patrons for their support; Stevenage Arts Guild, which keeps the arts on the agenda all year round; Hertfordshire Music Service; local councillors who have squeezed funds for us out of their locality budgets; the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Community Trust; The Comet newspaper and my committee of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make the whole thing happen.
Ron Walker Chairman, Stevenage Festival
Festivals like this take a long time to plan.
If you are a local arts group and want to know more or would like to be involved then please contact us.
If you have any questions, or want to provide feedback about events, please feel free to contact us via our contacts page. Your feedback is always appreciated.
The Festival is grateful to the following patrons for their support:
The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Lord David Cobbold, Professor Howard Burrell,
Mr Ken Follett, Mr Barry Norman, Mr Simon Speller
IF you would like to view or download the 2015 Festival programme then please click on this link.